Microsoft announced HoloLens 2, their next gen ‘mixed reality’ headset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device will cost $3500 but however will only be available to businesses at launch later this year.
Building on it’s 2016 predecessor, the new HoloLens projects digital images across real world objects and life. This form of reality, Microsoft calls ‘mixed reality’. Also known as augmented reality. The HoloLens 2 has been completely redesigned for ease of access, and other issues that the first HoloLens had. The physical product is sleeker, comfier, and easier to adjust. The video below demonstrates the product.
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Microsoft stated that they have improved on the immersion aspect of which includes the visual display system and makes the holograms even more vibrant than before. The practical reasons for the product is mainly in large businesses rather than the consumer standpoint, but this advancement in the augmented reality space really is a bright indicator to the future for everyone in all aspects. The possibilities when streamlined for consumers could mean an even better iteration of Pokemon Go.
The HoloLens 2 will initially be available in the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand.
Along with the HoloLens, Microsoft announced Azure Mixed reality services. These were developed with businesses and developers in mind to help build cross platform, contextual and other applications.